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Experts Corner

Fitness

Bone Structure Permanently Changed?
By Lisa Stone, ACE

Q. I gave birth approximately 8.5 months ago. Currently, I am even under my pre-pregnancy weight, however, I can't fit into my pants. My hips are larger. Is it just remaining fat deposits there due to pregnancy or could it be the my pelvic bones are separated permanently? Is it possible that bone structure permanently changes down there?

A. It can take up to a year for your body to regain its pre-pregnancy shape. Even if you've lost all of your baby weight, it still takes several months for your body to shift back into position, especially if you're breastfeeding. While it is possible that you have permanent changes in your hip structure, my guess is that everything will return to "normal" over the next couple of months. Just be sure to eat a healthy diet and to get plenty of exercise.

Meanwhile, try to enjoy your new voluptuous figure!

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